Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Ray Brown, John Clayton, Christian McBride|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
On their own, bassists Ray Brown, John Clayton, and Christian McBride are three of the most talented musicians in jazz today. But, performing together as Superbass, the trio becomes a sublime ensemble, capable of inventive... more »
On their own, bassists Ray Brown, John Clayton, and Christian McBride are three of the most talented musicians in jazz today. But, performing together as Superbass, the trio becomes a sublime ensemble, capable of inventive, virtuosic playing with no accompaniment needed or wanted from horns or percussion. Recorded live at the Blue Note club in New York over the course of a couple of sets in December 2000, this disc joyously defies logic--who knew that the upright bass was capable of singing solos from Porgy and Bess?--and standard musical conventions. Together, these guys produce a tender take "My Funny Valentine," an upbeat version of "Get Happy," and a funky Latin jazz number ("Taco with a Pork Chop") that would do Willie Bobo proud. All the while, the threesome is having a great time and taking plenty of solo turns. They've done this routine before--on the first live Superbass disc--but this one takes the cake; the playing is incredible. A fun disc. --Jason Verlinde
Loving Bass is not a requirement
James Pertierra | Cohoes, NY USA | 10/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a long time listener of Ray Brown (and admiring Christian McBride) I thought this CD would be interesting.Interesting is an understatement.This CD is pure, unadulterated FUN! Oh sure, these 3 guys are virtuousos of the first degree, but how many times have you heard people this talented just enjoying themselves in, essentially, their work!For those who only remember Ray Brown as the bass player for the Merv Griffin house band, brace yourself. Arguably one of the 4 greatest bassists in the long history of Jazz, he is nothing short of booming here. McBride is wicked! He clearly is enjoying himself in the presence of one of his heroes. I had not heard John Clayton before but, after buying this CD, I had to get anything relating to Superbass to hear more.To me this CD is like hugging someone you love. It never loses its appeal."
"SuperBass" Is Right
therealjaneway | Midwest, USA | 09/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so Ray Brown? Rocks. Ray Brown with two other string bass players? Totally rocks. Ray Brown with two other string bass players who happen to be Christian McBride and John Clayton? Well, then, you've got some KICKIN' jazz.
Note: I think I heard a track from this CD several years ago on my local jazz station. It took me long enough to track the darn thing down, but now I can't stop listening to it. I give it my highest compliment, which is: now that's good stuff."
Wicked Awesome Fun
Feller who likes Old Yeller | Webster, NY | 05/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a lover of the double bass, jazz or othewise, there are not many CDs you will find that are more fun than this one. It must have been a hoot to be in the audience at these shows - they invite audience participation and the audience is only too happy to oblige.Tracks such as Get Happy, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, and Taco and a Pork Chop are more fun than bass players should be allowed to have. Summertime, My Funny Valentine, and I Loves You, Porgy show that these guys are no musical lightweights. Beautiful playing throughout. Arrangements are very good.Turn on your subwoofer, crank up the volume, sit back, and get ready to annoy the neighbors. You will find yourself coming back to this disc over and over again."